St. Valentines Day, 1900. On a beautiful summers day a party of virginal Australian schoolgirls from an exclusive finishing school giddily prepare for an excursion to Hanging Rock, a magnificent natural monument drenched in a mysterious atmosphere.
Among the white-gloved pupils of Appleyard college are senior boarders Miranda, Marion, Irma and Edith.
The girls gain permission to explore the upper slopes of the rock. Edith takes a nap and wakes to discover that the other three girls have removed their shoes and stockings and have resumed their trek as if in a dream disappearing into a passageway in the rock itself.
Edith returns to the picnic, panic stricken and alone. Mathematics mistress Miss McCraw goes to investigate, but neither she nor the three other girls are ever seen again. They have vanished without a trace.
What eerie events took place that day, and will those involved ever rid themselves of the demons that the ill fated picnic unearthed.
Based on the classic novel by Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock, is both sublimely spooky and majestically beautiful.
Boasting visually hypnotic photography by Oscar winner Russell Boyd, a haunting score by Bruce Smeaton and the timeless ethereal beauty of Anne Louise Lambert as Miranda, this classic helped revive the Australian film industry and established Director Peter Weir as a major International talent.
While holidaying in Australia this summer of 2009/2010, I visited Hanging Rock, the place where the movie was filmed and the book was set. They have a little museum themed around the missing school girls at the site, that gives the impression that the 1900's case is true. But as we know, Joan Lindsay's classic novel is a work of fiction. I visited Hanging Rock around two weeks ago, on vacation in Melbourne, Victoria. I was driven to believe that the "true" mystery was still unsolved to this very day, until my family and I drove on to Woodend, which is the main town in the book "Picnic At Hanging Rock". The volunteer man working at the Info Center at Woodend kind of laughed at my mum when she asked "Did they ever find the bodies of the girls...?" I was in the car at the time. So I found out that the story wasn't true after all! My interest in buying the book and film slowly dropped, and when I saw the film it completely ruined it! I have not yet read the book, and I am not too stoked to do so... This film is very dreadful, I have to say.It's definitely for a much older audience, rather than me (I am a twelve year old boy). I found it dull and boring, and instead increased my urge to see "The Blair Witch Project". 2 stars for "Fair".
This is the director's cut package, it cuts the romance bit of the surviving girl, without effecting the sequencing of the movie. I noticed not much else different. The reason for purchasing this though, apart from the beautiful presentation of the set if you're a collector, is that it comes with a documentary disc. Boy I found that interesting, it isn't overly long but it is something i hadn't seen before. Interviews and stories from the stars and those connected with it. You can see what they look like now, who the young ladies grew up to become. It is a lovely and enjoyable purchase.
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